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East of Lyra
5 stars A hard rock masterpiece.

Make no mistake though, this is far from prog. With their second album Zep had yet to fully expand their sonic palette as they would do so successfully with later releases such as Houses of the Holy. This is guitar driven rock, with Page serving up killer riffs and solos, Plant's rich vocals and the awesome rhythm section of Jones and Bonham.

Each member shines on this album. Page's solo in "Heartbreaker" would become the inspiration for Eddie Van Halen's two handed tapping technique, Jones' monstrous bass performance in "The Lemon Song" continues to astound almost forty years on, and who could forget Bonham's seminal drum solo in "Moby Dick".

There are signs of their future incorporation of folk elements on the next two albums with "Ramble On", a great song with Tolkienesque lyrics and catchy bassline. A respite from the rock onslaught is also offered with "Thank You", proving that Zep really could write great ballads!

But if jaw-dropping riffs and solos are what you're looking for, then look no further. "Whole Lotta Love", "Heartbreaker" and "Bring it on Home" rock just as hard today. Even "Moby Dick" has a great riff before Bonham's solo starts. This is hard rock at its finest.

Five stars easily.

East of Lyra | 5/5 |


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